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Ruth Kongaika



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Originally from Utah, I have lived most of my married life in the South Pacific, including Tonga, American Samoa and Hawaii. While in the Pacific, I visited Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. I have traveled to Scotland, Paris, and Egypt and been to many states in the USA.

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AWhat to pack???

We were on an international flight and got to the airport when my husband realized he forgot his passport! Yikes! Lucky we were able to contact someone to meet us halfway with the passport and he amazingly made it on the plane in time. So first of all, if you are going... See More

ANew Zealand: Local food

When we visited New Zealand​ ​New Zealand, our favorite food was the fish and chips as well as the meat pies. Every time someone goes there, we ask them to bring some meat pies back. They have beef and chicken. They are so delicious! See More

AWhat is your favorite thing about traveling?

My favorite thing about traveling is arriving in a new destination. Also, capturing photos that will remind me of my new experience for years to come. Once home, I can make a DVD with all my favorite pictures and music to share with my family and friends. I believe we shouldn't... See More

ADo you have a certain song that reminds you of your travels?

I always think of: "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson mainly, for playing or singing when I travel the roads of the United States​, also, "Country Road" by John Denver and so many more! See More

AWhere have you spent your best Christmas away from home?

That's easy. We were in Tonga​ and took our four children, our house girl and seven bicycles on a boat to Ha'apai​. We told the children that Santa probably wouldn't be able to find Ha`apai Group​... See More

ASouth Pacific: HELP! spontaneous 3 week trip in Feb 16: Where should we go?

We lived in Tonga​ for several years and Western Samoa ​. They would probably have places available to stay - particularly guest homes if you don't mind that. If you want to see the South Pacific ​, try there first as well as Fiji​.... See More

AQuirkiest/Cutest city you've ever visited?

My son wanted to take me to Slovenia​. I had really heard nothing much about it, but knew it had a sad history. It was quite close to where we were visiting, so we drove across the border to Lake Bled. I felt like I had been dropped into an enchanted... See More

AWhat's the weirdest food you've ever eaten abroad?

Black sea cucumbers - we went to China and they brought out a bowl of black soup with sea cucumbers floating in it. I gave it a try, and it was slimy and black - what more can I say - didn't taste any better than it looked, but is considered a delicacy there. See More

ABest way to prevent ears blocking during descent?

I always take gum with me and as we are taking off and landing in a plane I chew it and it seems to take the pressure off my ears. See More

ASouth Pacific: What are the best places for a honeymoon in the South Pacific?

That depends on if you want privacy and how much you want to spend. If you want to spend a lot of money on your honeymoon, go to French Polynesia​ or Hawaiian Islands​. If you like privacy, the Tonga Islands are very remote and especially... See More

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